Tuesdays with Dorie: Fluff-Filled Chocolate Madeleines

January 11, 2011 at 12:20 am | Posted in cakes & tortes, cookies & bars, groups, simple cakes, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 26 Comments

fluff-filled chocolate madeleines

Whenever I start a new food job, my new coworkers always seem to ask me where I’m from.  I’m going through this phase at my job right now, and sometimes the question makes me scratch my head…like, what was the last place I worked for, or where did I grow up?  I’ve come to realize that, more often than not, the person asking has recently moved to NYC from someplace else, and is wondering about my hometown.  While I think a lot about the places and people I grew up with, the day I left for college in the early ’90s was the last time I was ever in my childhood home…my parents packed up and moved cross-country a few weeks later.  And, apart from the two years I spent in Sydney, I’ve been in New York since 1996.  Sometimes I think that I’m more Brooklyn than NoVA now, but I don’t, and wouldn’t ever want to, forget where I’m from.

If you asked a Fluff-Filled Chocolate Madeleine where it’s from, it would probably tell you, that while it was born in France, it has spent the last couple decades living in Texas.  A plate of these guys would likely not make Proust remember anything, but one taste would probably shoot most American grown-ups right back to childhood!  Apart from their scalloped shape and cakey texture, they are pretty far removed from their French origins, but with ganache and marshie Fluff, they are instantly recognizable to me.  A couple of tips if you want to make these yummies at home: if you nuke your Fluff jar for 5-10 seconds, it will be much easier to get the sticky stuff out of the jar and into a piping bag; also, madeleines stale quickly, so if you like them soft, eat them soon after they’re put together.

For the recipe, see Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan (it’s also here on Serious Eats) or read  Effort to Deliciousness, as it was Margot’s pick this week.  Don’t forget to check out the TWD Blogroll!



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  1. I love, love, love how those turned out! I really do want to do the filling next time. I’ll definitely remember your tip about the marshmallow fluff! Beautiful job Steph!

  2. Wow these look delicious! Extra indulgant – takes madeleines to a whole new level

  3. I love how mounded yours look, and how much filling you got in. Scrumptious!

  4. Looks awesome, and I believe this version is a definite improvement to the traditional madeleine. 🙂

  5. Oh wow… I like this spin on the Madelines… a lot! 😉

  6. Ohhhh these look delicious! Yours turned out perfect…nice change from regular madeleines. Nicely done!

  7. What a great combo, chocolate and fluff. I’ve been on the L train lately. Wanna do lunch?

  8. Im from Idaho!! Your mad. look tasty!!

  9. Great post! 😀
    Your cookie looks so moist…mine were a bit dry. Nice work!

  10. Mine turned out a bit dry, but the peanut butter ganache really helped.

  11. Oh, sure, now you tell me to nuke the fluff…I got so frustrated that I finally just dug a hole in the back and forced it in the hole I carved out…lol. Your photo is so spectacular. I want to be you.

  12. Awesome! Yours look so ooey-gooey good! And I love that the text on the photo looks like it was written with fluff. 🙂

  13. The first time I heard the word “Fluff” was from my sister-in-law who lives outside Boston. I grew up calling it Marshmallow Creme..how boring.

  14. Yours look like Hostess cupcakes! Yum!

  15. I wish I had thought to nuke the fluff…good call. Agree, madeleines are stale in a flash….such a shame :).

  16. Love that fluff peeking out! So yummy looking! 🙂

  17. Your treats look so tempting! The filling reminds me of a Hostess chocolate cupcake!

  18. I’m sure Proust would secretly love the taste. These are what devil dogs SHOULD taste like.

  19. That is one gorgeous madeleine! I was too lazy to fill mine, but your pic makes me wish I had 🙂 Thanks for the fluff tip – will try that next time!

  20. Great tips on how to make these. Yours look like they turned out perfectly!

  21. The madeleine looks fabulous! I am impressed with amount of filling you got in yours. Thanks for baking with me this week!

  22. gorgeous photo!

  23. Looks fantastic!

  24. Very nice Steph. What kind of new job do you have? I think I missed something.

  25. This looks INCREDIBLE! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  26. Oh,look how puffy and fat those are. And the cream filling… perfection. Texas or not these are big and beautiful.

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